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Adam Scott to Replace Tiger Woods as World’s Top-Ranked Golfer

Golfer Adam Scott
Adam Scott of Australia celebrates after he sinks a birdie putt on the 18th during the fourth round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 14, 2013. Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Adam Scott will supplant Tiger Woods as the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer on May 19, making last year’s Masters Tournament winner the 17th player to hold the title.

Scott, 33, will be the first Australian to hold the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking since Greg Norman in September 1997. Norman held the ranking for a total of 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s before losing it to Woods.

A player’s world ranking is calculated by dividing the total number of ranking points he has earned by the number of events he has played over a rolling two-year period. The numbers are recalculated each week, with recent tournaments and results having a higher value than older events.

The 38-year-old Woods, who isn’t currently playing while recovering from back surgery, has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in March 2013.

The ranking system was introduced in 1986.

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